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Article: Twins Game Recap (7/20): Twins Offense and Bullpen Can’t Do Enough to Secure the Win

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#1 Cooper Carlson

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:37 PM

In a game full of excitement and heartbreak, the Twins once again lose to Liam Hendricks and the Oakland Athletics by a score of 5-4. Also, everyone is mad at the bullpen.Box Score
Berrios: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 65.4% strikes (74 of 113 pitches)
Bullpen: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Home Runs: Garver (17), Cruz (19), Sano (14)
Multi-Hit Games: Sano (2-3), Kepler (2-4)

Top 3 WPA: Schoop (0.37), Berrios (0.28), Sano (0.24)
Bottom 3 WPA: Rogers (-0.62), Garver (-0.43), Littell (-0.43)

Hot start with the bats

The Twins began the third game of the series about as well as you could have hoped. Jose Berrios worked out of an error, bunt single and hit by pitch to strike out the side and it looked like he was well on his way to another quality start at the least. The bats also started off great, with a Mitch Garver home run, followed by a Cruz home run and then a Sano double that the Twins couldn’t cash in but it was 2-0 Twins after one.

Mitch Garver is now batting .289/.357/.684 (1.041) with five home runs when he has hit leadoff (10 games this season).



Offense slows down and Berrios navigates through trouble

After the first inning, the Twins offense took a nose dive back down to Earth and couldn’t buy a hit against Anderson. There was an 0-for-14 stretch where everything was hit on the ground and there were only two balls hit with a 90 mph exit velocity or better. In the midst of these rough innings, Berrios seemed to be struggling and doing well at the same time. He got all the way into the sixth inning with spotty command but he showed just how good he is even without his best stuff.

Bullpen struggles and Sano has a big day

Berrios was taken out after 5 2/3 innings and was replaced by Tyler Duffey who did a good job of striking out the first guy he faced. He went back out for the seventh, walked the leadoff guy and got a pop out before he was removed for Zack Littell. It was not a good day for Littell after the front office showed how much they trusted him by letting other pitchers go. He immediately gave up a crushing two run home run to Mark Canha and then a solo shot to Ramon Laureano to give Oakland the lead 3-2.

The next inning began with a Miguel Sano moonshot to left center that had an exit velocity of 113.8 mph and traveled 443 feet. The fans were back in it and the game was tied. The Twins offense rode that wave and C.J. Cron later scored on a sac fly from Jonathan Schoop. 4-3 Twins.



Rogers blows the save and comeback falls short

The ninth inning began just as everyone expected with the ever reliable Taylor Rogers in for the save, with a groundout and strikeout. Things got messy from there as the next batter was hit, then Laureano doubled and that was followed by a two-RBI single from Khris Davis off the glove of Adrianza at first. Eventually Rogers got out of the inning but it was 5-4 Athletics.

The game appeared to be over, but the Twins refused to quit. Kepler singled, followed by a Schoop double and then Eddie Rosario was intentionally walked to bring up the greatest catcher of all time with the bases loaded and a chance to win it. Facing Liam Hendricks, Garver hit the first pitch right to shortstop for a crushing double play to end the game and the Twins fell 5-4.

Bullpen woes hard to ignore

The outcry from the fans for another bullpen arm or two to be added was never louder than throughout the game tonight. When Zack Littell is the guy you turn to in a big seventh inning, you may want to add. After the second home run it was apparent the fans at Target Field were upset as they rained down the boo’s from all over.

The overuse of Rogers was also apparent tonight. He is the only reliever anyone can trust out there and he just didn’t have it tonight. If that is linked to fatigue then making a trade is much more necessary.

Postgame With Baldelli


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:51 PM

Seller clubs are expecting sky high returns, and the selling market is smaller than expected.Many of the in between clubs are holding until they can sort out what course to take.  

Twins need the help now, we will see if the FO answers.


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:57 PM

This game made me sick, only Game I’ve been able to attend. Spent good money on tickets/hotel/food. Just a punch to the guy that really leaves a sour taste. Team just feels flat and walking out of target field felt like leaving game 2 of the ALDS in 2010 just a fan base that always comes back only to get knocked down time and time again. I’ve been very optimistic all year even with the division lead shrinking but tonight might of knocked me back to reality, twins fans just can’t have nice things.
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:58 PM

When you shift on every batter, and then have Adrianza at first with runners on second and third........ It is not a mystery to me why reliable Rogers gives up a game winning hit that should have been the third out if you didn't try to run the team so cute.

 

I wish Baldelli would explain why he used Rosario in the 9th to be walked... because with 1 out and runners on second and third and the game on the line, whoever batted would have been walked to set up the double play. Why was Rosario on the bench, anyway?

 

The offense needs to score runs. The pitching would look a lot better if the bats would score some runs, and get some hits with RISP.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:08 PM

 

When you shift on every batter, and then have Adrianza at first with runners on second and third........ It is not a mystery to me why reliable Rogers gives up a game winning hit that should have been the third out if you didn't try to run the team so cute.

 

I wish Baldelli would explain why he used Rosario in the 9th to be walked... because with 1 out and runners on second and third and the game on the line, whoever batted would have been walked to set up the double play. Why was Rosario on the bench, anyway?

 

The offense needs to score runs. The pitching would look a lot better if the bats would score some runs, and get some hits with RISP.

Shifting is not a bad thing and it works much more than it doesn't. Davis is a pure pull hitter and him hitting it to first was a surprise. On Rosario, he didn't start because he was feeling under the weather.


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:17 PM

 

This game made me sick, only Game I’ve been able to attend. Spent good money on tickets/hotel/food. Just a punch to the guy that really leaves a sour taste. Team just feels flat and walking out of target field felt like leaving game 2 of the ALDS in 2010 just a fan base that always comes back only to get knocked down time and time again. I’ve been very optimistic all year even with the division lead shrinking but tonight might of knocked me back to reality, twins fans just can’t have nice things.

 

I feel for you. That's the thing with sports. Spend that kind of money and time on a concert of your favorite musician.... and you 99% of the time go away happy. At least it wasn't a game that they just gave up and let Adrianza pitch. That would have been even worse. This game...... the shift cost the game in the 9th. It could have been a happy walk to the parking lot.

 

In regard to the Carlson claim that the shift works more than it doesn't.... I don't see any concrete proof of that. Many times, the shift is considered to work, but the fact is, if the infield was just in position with a normal slightly adjusted alignment, it would have also worked on the same play. That isn't considered in the mix. Hard to really make the stat work when the other option can't be known.

 

There was also a base open. The Twins didn't have to pitch to Davis, who has been resurgent. Could have walked him. Grossman would have still probably been pulled, though, as he is hitting .154 against lefties. But that is neither here or there at this point.

Edited by h2oface, 20 July 2019 - 10:32 PM.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:30 PM

I really think batting practice performance of Littell was the real turning point of the game. He should never be trusted at all. I wouldn't want to see him anymore this season. He should be back to AAA in no time.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:31 PM

I would love for the rules to be changed that there must be two infielders on each side of second base. This shift thing is so utterly stupid. When you are two inches from second base and you're called a third baseman? Goofy.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:38 PM

Garver hits a homer in the game, and he gets a WPA of -0.43. Now that is an advanced stat.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:51 PM

Brutal loss. I'll be shocked if we're still in 1st on 7/31. I'd take 1-3 over the next four at this point. 

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:58 PM

I feel for you. That's the thing with sports. Spend that kind of money and time on a concert of your favorite musician.... and you 99% of the time go away happy. At least it wasn't a game that they just gave up and let Adrianza pitch. That would have been even worse. This game...... the shift cost the game in the 9th. It could have been a happy walk to the parking lot.

In regard to the Carlson claim that the shift works more than it doesn't.... I don't see any concrete proof of that. Many times, the shift is considered to work, but the fact is, if the infield was just in position with a normal slightly adjusted alignment, it would have also worked on the same play. That isn't considered in the mix. Hard to really make the stat work when the other option can't be known.

There was also a base open. The Twins didn't have to pitch to Davis, who has been resurgent. Could have walked him. Grossman would have still probably been pulled, though, as he is hitting .154 against lefties. But that is neither here or there at this point.

I definitely wouldn't have thrown Davis a strike. See if he'll chase, if not, first is open.
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 10:59 PM

But I cant lay much blame on Rogers. One man bullpen.
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:00 PM

 

I really think batting practice performance of Littell was the real turning point of the game. He should never be trusted at all. I wouldn't want to see him anymore this season. He should be back to AAA in no time.

Littell pitched 11 straight scoreless innings before giving up those two HRs tonight...

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:06 PM

 

When you shift on every batter, and then have Adrianza at first with runners on second and third........ It is not a mystery to me why reliable Rogers gives up a game winning hit that should have been the third out if you didn't try to run the team so cute.

Are you talking about the go-ahead hit by Khris Davis? That was basically hit right at Ehire. They had him standing almost exactly where the ball was hit. It came off the bat 106 mph, so I'm pretty confident if that was a traditional infield alignment that ball is going between the first and second basemen and into the outfield.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:12 PM

 

Garver hits a homer in the game, and he gets a WPA of -0.43. Now that is an advanced stat.

He also hit into a game ending DP. He could have made Hendriks work harder at least.

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:29 PM

On Joe Mauer day, 6/15, the Twins won to go 25 over .500 for the first time since 2010. Since then, they are 12-16. 

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:30 PM

Garver hits a homer in the game, and he gets a WPA of -0.43. Now that is an advanced stat.

A solo homer in the first inning of a scoreless game is not high leverage. Last inning, bases loaded, tying run on third, is a situation quite a bit more critical. But I get what you’re saying.
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Posted 20 July 2019 - 11:41 PM

Rocco's no manager. No baseball manager; human resources maybe; but for a major league baseball team, no way!The dynamic duo done messed up!


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Posted 21 July 2019 - 03:02 AM

Sucks that any trades are going to feel like ones of desperation instead of additions to a strong team,

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 04:24 AM

OAK hitters were not looking fooled much at all.Is something in Berrios' delivery giving away his breaking ball?Only Hermann and Laureano went down swinging at it, and they came back later for much better at-bats.Every other A's batter was laying off the breaking stuff and working long counts.

 

Sano works a full count into a bomba and goes 2 for 3.Much improved swing and overall hitting approach.Never seen a hitter mature so much in a month. 

 

Kepler is a big talent but today receives the Darrell Evans Award for his inning-killing base running error.A potential run lost that could have left the game tied, or maybe just made the Athletics lie down a little more in the top of the 9th. 

 

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